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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to the devotees in London
9 October 2011, part 3

 

Where is *** Prabhu?

Devotee: He is not feeling very well, Maharaj, a little sick.

Why is he sick? "Asustha hoya mora mana, asustha nay mora sarira (অসুস্থ হয় মোর মন, অসুস্থ নয় মোর শরীর): my mind is sick, my body is not sick." Haridas Thakur told this. One is never sick, only one's mind can be sick. Haridas Thakur said, "Why did I become sick? Because I could not finish my japa (chanting), I could not finish my service, that is why I became sick."

Anyway, today is a good day. Yesterday I also spoke about Das Goswami Prabhu and Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami Prabhu. You know how much austerity Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami got also. He had to leave his family: when he saw that his brother and somebody else were diving dishonour to Nityananda Prabhu, he rejected them and, leaving his house, went to Vrindavan. There, he started to compose Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita. At first he thought, "How shall I write Chaitanya-charitamrita?" But then he felt, "Ei grantha lekhaya more Madana Mohana (এই গ্রন্থ লেখায় মোরে মদনমোহন)." Madan Mohan said to him, "What is the problem? You are not writing anything, I am writing it!"

Gurudev does everything. If we think, "I am doing it," or, "I am doing everything, it will not run without me!" it means some ego is coming to us, and that is a big problem for us. Everything will run even without us—Gurudev's service, Deities' service can never be stopped. Never. You can see that your pujari had been doing puja in London for thirty years and left his service, but Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govinda Sundar arranged for some other devotee. Service can never be stopped. I have also seen another example—in the many years since I joined the temple so many people came and went, came and went, but the service also never stopped. No one can stop service, you must understand it. Mahaprabhu's service will never be stopped. The only problem is that we lose our service—we lose our service because of our bad karma...

Does anybody there have any questions?

Question: When somebody is giving us some praise, some pratistha, should we offer it to Gurudev?

Yes. Pratistha is for the Guru. There is kanak (wealth), kamini (women), pratistha (name and fame). Kanak is for Narayan. Kamini is for Krishna. And pratistha is for Gurudev. Vaishnavs never want pratistha, but pratistha always follows them.

 

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